Monday, August 19, 2013
7 Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From Superheroes
Any reader of comic books knows that superheroes represent something bigger than ourselves, people (or beings) that live to right wrongs in a society that doesn't accept their superpowers. Huffington Post has a nice slide show about the seven most valuable lessons you can learn from superheroes.
No. 1 - We all have alter egos. Like Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man "we too have alter egos—different sides of ourselves that come out, depending on the context and the people we are with. We may think, feel, and act differently when we’re with our parents than when we’re with our children," our friends, professors, or bosses.
No. 2 - The Costume Counts."You don’t have to wear tights or a cape to understand that what you wear affects other people: Whether you’re wearing a unitard, a police officer’s uniform, grungy jeans and a Jack Daniels T-shirt, or a three-piece suit, your 'costume' counts. Based on how you appear, [people] make inferences about you (which may or may not be true). And those inferences will affect how they treat you, which will in turn, consciously or unconsciously, affect you." This is so true, especially in your working life. Oh, and you goths don't scare me anymore, but change your "costume" for your job interview.
No. 3 - We are all different. "Every superhero is unique. The same is true of us. We share qualities with others—our ethnicity, religion, and gender, as well as psychological qualities such as our temperament, interests, motivations, 'issues'.” It's that difference that makes it fun to meet new people.
No. 4 - Being different can give you power. "Superheroes teach us to use our 'differentness'—to treat it as a gift and to put that gift to good use by serving others." You may have to start with yourself, yes this is where I say stay in school and become the first to graduate college in your family!
No. 5 - Adversity can be overcome. "Adversity induces us to challenge our beliefs about ourselves and the world, and then to develop new meaning, fulfillment, and connections to others as a result." Having it easy isn't always the best way--trust me.
No. 6 - No matter what your abilities life can be frustrating. "For many heroes—particularly the human superheroes such as Batman, Iron Man, Green Arrow, and Buffy (yes, she’s a superhero in my book)—the ability to persevere in the face of frustration is a superpower. One we can all try to cultivate." Again, having it easy isn't always the best way.
No. 7 - Running toward danger. Overcoming your fears. "When we’re afraid of something, we try to avoid it, but in doing so, our lives may become narrowed and, in some cases, too narrowed. When this happens, we can take a page from a superhero book, take a deep breath, learn some new skills, and face our fears." You may not feel like a superhero right now, but think of yourself as a super student and you're half-way there.
How can you become a superhero? What makes you a super student? Which of these lessons would you like to apply to your academic life? What excellent mistake have you made when running toward danger?